"Dark Light" by Samantha Keely-Smith
1. Light the Candle, take a deep breath, and mark this time and place as a space for retreat.
2. Bless the Tools: Hold your brushes or pencils, paints, and paper in your hand and in silence or aloud offer a moment of blessing for them as sacred instruments in this spiritual practice. I have included a blessing below, but please use your own if you wish.
Stir in us the holy spark of creativity, the one that is embodied and embrace in the constant recreation of the world. May our hands intentionally create, may our thoughts reveal new self-awareness, may our hearts open to our own holy narratives, may our eyes feast on color and movement, may our creative tools aid us as we make and are made new.
3. Creative Prompt: Most fairy tales and myths use archetypes to explore the deepest elements of our inner selves. The Buried Moon embraces elements of both light and dark as active players in its story; it's important to note that the bog makes room for both light and dark in turn. Darkness and light hold important roles in our lives, and each are complex symbols for growth, emotion, and revelation. I've pulled phrases from this section of The Buried Moon that use dark and light imagery. Spend a few moments now savoring each one, letting yourself feel whatever comes.
through the darkness
light that flickered out from her cloak
the light might mean help and safety
the beautiful light that spilled out drove away the darkness
cried with joy to see the light again
to see the dark, shadowy Things
they couldn’t abide the light
hardly thought to wonder at the source of the light
the light went out
the darkness came back to the bog
the dark corners
4. Paint/Draw: Once again, Enter into a practice of painting or drawing as process. Create an abstract painting or drawing that embraces elements of both light and dark. Let your heart draw you to the colors in your palette that can become symbols for each side of the spectrum. Be intentional about where you place each color on the page and the ways in which they might relate to each other. I encourage you to adopt a playful posture as you move through this spiritual practice, letting your heart (rather than your head) guide your brush.
a pale light began to rise